Two ECE Faculty Members Awarded for Impact on Industry

Recognitions underline the transformation of Duke ECE into a powerhouse in advanced electronic design

Two faculty members in Duke Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department are having large impacts in the industrial sector and have recently received recognition for their efforts.

Krishnendu Chakrabarty, chair of the ECE department at Duke and a secondary faculty member at Duke Kunshan University, recently received the Semiconductor Research Corporation 2018 Technical Excellence Award. Established in 1991, the award serves as an incentive and recognition program that is shared equally among key contributors for innovative technology that significantly enhances the productivity/competitiveness of the semiconductor industry. Chakrabarty was cited specifically for pioneering solutions to the test challenges for 3D integrated circuits, which are just beginning to realize their potential for increasing computational density in modern integrated circuits.

Within a few weeks of Chakrabarty winning this award, Xin Li, Professor in ECE at both Duke University and Duke Kunshan University, received the Cadence Design Systems Academic Collaboration Award at the 2018 Design Automation Conference. The award recognizes university collaborators whose electronic design automation research has significantly impacted commercial technology advancement.

Li directs the Institute of Applied Physical Sciences and Engineering and the Data Science Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. He received this award in recognition of his decade-long collaboration with Cadence, whose goal is to enable electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create innovative products that transform the way people live, work and play. Li’s collaboration with the company includes work on statistical circuit analysis and failure rate prediction, which received the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award. The technology has been integrated into the commercial product Virtuoso ADE GXL, which provides a virtual way for engineers to complete thorough explorations and validations of a design.

‘My work with Cadence is a great example of how an academic university and an industrial company can work together to deliver innovative solutions for one of the most challenging engineering problems,’ said Li.

‘Both of these awards include industry impact as a key criterion,’ said Chakrabarty. ‘Duke’s ECE Department is now a powerhouse in advanced electronic design, which spans hardware systems for artificial intelligence and machine learning.’

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